By Katia Hetter
March 16, 2018
The United Nations 2018 World Happiness Report ranks countries on six key variables that support well-being: income, freedom, trust, healthy life expectancy, social support and generosity.
Here are the countries that made the top 10 this year:
It’s no wonder Australia makes the top 10 with amazing natural wonders such as the Great Barrier Reef on its doorstep.
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Sweden is filled with charming, picturesque views, including the Old Town pier in the Sodermalm district of Stockholm, the capital city.
Home to director Peter Jackson’s Hobbit movie empire, New Zealand is also known for its stunning beaches, such as Coromandel on North Island.
This bilingual (French and English) country was the only country in the Americas to make the top 10 list.
Classic Dutch landscapes are dotted with windmills and flowers.
The Glacier Express makes it easy to travel through highlights of the world’s fifth happiest country.
Iceland’s 1,500-foot-tall (463 meters) Mount Kirkjufell is just one natural beauty in this nation of glaciers.
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Denmark has topped the list of the world’s happiest countries three times – the last in 2016. Perhaps the rugged nature celebrated and enjoyed by Danes is one reason why.
Although Norway slipped from the top spot this year, the differences between the top five countries are so minimal that the report’s editors aren’t surprised by the shifts.
This Nordic country is the happiest country the world. Finns love hiking, horseback riding, snowshoeing and alpine skiing.